Tony Sheridan is best known for singing on some of the Fab Four's earliest recordings after meeting a young John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and original drummer Pete Best in the early 1960s in Germany.
The Beatles served as his back-up band in the Hamburg club scene, and they joined forces to record tracks including My Bonnie, The Saints and Ain't She Sweet. A statement from his family posted on Facebook, Saturday, February 16, 2013 reads, "Our beloved father and friend! Thank you for your love and inspiration. You left us today at 12.00 pm."
Sheridan's June 1961 sessions for Polydor yielded the single "My Bonnie" with "The Saints" on the flip side. Sheridan sang lead backed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and original Beatles drummer Pete Best.
Credited to Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers, "My Bonnie" was first released in October 1961 and reached No. 5 on the German Hit Parade. According to Beatles legend, a Liverpool music fan asked then-record store manager Brian Epstein about the single, and set in motion events that would lead Epstein to become The Beatles manager and secure a recording contract for them with EMI.
Pete Best commented on Twitter express condolences. "My friend Tony Sheridan passed away this morning. Great guy and great memories I will miss you Tony. RIP."
Ted "Kingside" Taylor, a colleague of Sheridan and The Beatles during their Hamburg years, wrote on Facebook. "Tony could always see a bright light at the end of a dark road, now he has reached this bright light, and may he rest in eternal peace."
Steve Marinucci Beatles Examiner writer reported in December that Sheridan was seriously ill in a German hospital. The cause of death has not been made public.
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McCartney commented on the passing of his friend Tony Sheridan, whose names adorns one of The Beatles earliest recordings, "The Beatles With Tony Sheridan".
Sir Paul said, "Tony was a good guy who we knew and worked with from the early days in Hamburg. We regularly watched his late night performances and admired his style. He will be missed".
The Beatles with Pete Best on drums, play on several tracks with Tony, including "My Bonnie", "The Saints" and "Ain't She Sweet", which John Sings lead on. The recording session also featured the only Lennon - Harrison penned tune called "Cry for a Shadow". Tony had been a regular guest at The Fest for Beatles Fans in the 90's and 2000's.